Federal Election 2016: Sunday rumblings as both sides play the game as PM calls the Election is on for July 2
Every measure we have laid out, every single one, will deliver stronger economic growth and more jobs. Economists may debate how much growth, how many jobs. Time will tell, but every single one is pulling in that direction.
On debates: We haven't discussed debates but I look forward to having a number of them.
On economics: We have set out a clear economic plan and we've laid it out. It is working.
On company tax cuts: As you reduce business taxes... what you do is promote incentivise investment.
Labor clearly wants to have less investment.
It is a vital economic reform and critical to our continued success.
We are reforming our tax system to make it more sustainable and fit for purpose in the 21st century. We have established and are establishing the toughest anti-avoidance laws in the developed world. We believe in lower taxes. We do. But it is not optional to pay them.
We have set up an Innovation and Science agenda which will ensure that right across our nation we are more innovative in business, in academia, in government, ensuring that we are able in these times of rapid change to meet them with the agility.
A few moments ago, I visited the Governor General and asked him to dissolve the Parliament in preparation for an election. At 2.30pm, I will be addressing the nation to outline our plan for jobs and growth - watch it live on this page.
Labor has also budgeted for a $1 billion cut to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, for the continuation of offshore detention and for the destruction of precious places like the Great Barrier Reef in favour of propping up the dying coal industry.
A bit more from Bowen
A freshly-shaven Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen has told Sky News the Government deserves to be thrown out of office after just one term.
As my colleague Dan Conifer reports, Mr Bowen said that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Treasurer Scott Morrison were “simply not up to the job”
We've had thought bubble after thought bubble, we've had policies that are floated and walked away from.
Mr Bowen denied Labor was attacking Mr Turnbull's wealth and said it was legitimate to point out on climate change Mr Turnbull has "walked away from all of those beliefs".
He also defended the Opposition's policy to retain the deficit levy, saying the budget 'can't afford' not to keep it.
If it was justified three years ago it's certainly still justified now.
Has Labor rebirthed its paid parental leave policy?
Labor has used Mothers' Day to reaffirm its commitment to 18-weeks of taxpayer-funded paid parental leave.
As my colleague Dan Conifer reports, the Coalition's policy is to ensure parents get a minimum of 18-weeks paid leave by topping up employer schemes where necessary.
The Opposition has rejected the Coalition's approach for some time, saying it would push 80,000 mothers off the Commonwealth scheme.
Labor would give eligible parents 18-weeks pay at the minimum wage with businesses able to add to this amount.
In a media release this morning, Labor says it would 'reverse Malcolm Turnbull's unfair cuts to paid parental leave.’
But the Government has not been able to get the change through the Senate, meaning that at the moment there is no legislation to repeal.
The ALP says this is a policy announcement – but the only new aspect appears to be that Labor has put a price-tag on it. The Parliamentary Budget Office has estimated its policy would cost $1.4 billion over four years.
The Treasurer has his problems
The issue has dogged the Federal Government for several days, fuelled by an interview by the Prime Minister on Sky News on Thursday who refused to outline the full cost.
Mr Morrison has continued his attacks on Labor’s negative gearing plans, telling Insiders it was a “big housing tax which will undermine consumer confidence”.
He also defended the visit to a family in Sydney’s South-west, which was lampooned by the Opposition after it was revealed the parents were planning to buy a property for their one year old child.
The Treasurer has also commented on a confidential settlement reached with workers of Save the Children, who were removed from Nauru in 2014 amid allegations they were coaching asylum seekers to self-harm.
Mr Morrison, who was Immigration Minister at the time, said the “appropriate course of action has been taken”, following an apology to the workers.
He also defended his comments made while Immigration Minister, after an investigation found no evidence of the claims.